Elizabeth Fry diverts thousands of women from court and prison every year

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Elizabeth Fry Toronto is the only social service agency in the city with a specific mandate to provide programs and services for women in conflict, or at risk of conflict, with the law. They offer individual and group counselling, crisis intervention, release planning, referrals, transitional housing, and community education.

Who are their clients?

The needs of Elizabeth Fry Toronto’s clients are not restricted to their conflict with the law. The women they serve struggle with unemployment, limited education, single motherhood, poverty, family breakdown, racial discrimination, trauma, addictions, homelessness, mental health issues, violence and physical and sexual abuse.

How do their programs and services make a difference?

The relationship between social and economic marginalization and incarceration is not coincidental; rather, survival strategies are closely linked to criminal behaviours.  As such, in addition to diversion services, release planning and transitional housing, they offer wrap-around services and programs that address homelessness, trauma, negative behaviours, addictions, unemployment, parenting and financial illiteracy.

Their programs divert over 4,000 people every year from court and prison, helping to keep families together and increasing chances for marginalized people to break free from or avoid the cycle of incarceration, poverty and homelessness.

How can you support their mission?

We are proud to raise funds for Elizabeth Fry Toronto through our Culinary Journey contest. You can help support their mission by purchasing a $25 contest entry. Your entry will also give you the chance to win dinner-for-two at eight of Toronto’s finest eateries, including two of the city’s best seafood restaurants, Eastside Social and Adega.  

To enter and for full contest rules, visit www.dinetodonate.com/contest

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